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8 Great Things for June on the South Coast

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” Anne Shirley, Anne of the Island

Well folks, we have the next 30 days to pretend we live in a world where it’s always June, that lovely doorway into summer days! And just to add a little icing on the cake of this great month, we give you 8 Great Things to check out in June.

8 Great Things1. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

If you’ve seen our current print issue, you know that Azorean whaleboats create great fun and community. Here’s your chance to check them out, up close and personal. They’ll be at Onset Beach this Saturday for the Onset Rowing Challenge to support the Buzzards Bay Rowing Club’s Scholarship Fund. Watch the teams compete in a 3-mile row that takes you out to the mouth of the canal, by way of Wickets Island and returning on the opposite side of Wickets Island. Kayaks, canoes, rowboats and dories can join in the fun.  June 1, 2019. Onset Beach, Onset. 10 am. More info here. $20 per race participant. Free for spectators! (Bonus: South Coast Almanac will be there with our current issue!)

2. Turtle Love

An evening walk through the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve  will likely yield some great turtle sightings as this is the right time of year for laying eggs. And — who knew?! – when female turtles are laying their eggs, ain’t nothing going to mess with their focused efforts to reproduce, which allows for a closer approach. June 8 at 7 pm. Participants will meet at Fighting Rock Corner at the intersection of Wilson, Blossom, and Bell Rock Roads, Fall River for a 1 mile walk in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. See more here. Free!

3. Spindle City Fest

We just love the Narrows’ new take on weekend festivals. They got together to decide what they liked to do on Saturdays (eat, drink some wine, visit a farm stand, listen to good music) and decided to put it all together for a festival, free and open to the public. Go between 12 and 1:30 for the Boardwalk Ramble to stroll along the waterfront listening to live musicians play genres ranging from jazz and blues to rock and folk.  June 8, 10 to 3. Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River. More here.

4. Nutritional Sanity

Paleo. Whole 30. Ketogenic. Who even can keep up with all the diet trends? Let’s forget about all of them and get some thoughts on nutrition from Fred Provenza, a big deal in the animal behaviorist’s world who comes to the South Coast courtesy of the Marion Institute. He’ll reflect on feeding body and spirit in a world of change (after we appropriately feed on some light refreshments at the pre-talk reception). June 13. 6 to 8:30 pm. Weatherlow Farm, 845 Sodom Road, Westport. More here. $15 before the event/$20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased here. 

8 Great Things5. Walking Book Club Shenanigans

We had a rollicking good time at our first walking book club last November (see a recap here). We start our 2019 series of walking book clubs at Betty’s Neck in Lakeville where author Susan Bernhard joins us for a little walking, talking and reading from Winter Loon, her debut novel.  Join us as we explore the novel by immersing ourselves in an outdoor space that evokes some of the novel’s critical scenes.

Participants need not have previously read the book to enjoy the tour. Saturday, June 15, 2  to 4 pm. Betty’s Neck,  59 Long Point Road, Lakeville. In case of bad weather, we’ll meet at the Lakeville Library at noon. Free thanks to our sponsors: Partners Village Store and the Friends of the Lakeville Public Library but we ask that you pre-register on our Facebook event page or by emailing us at [email protected]

6. Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival

Can you imagine a festival celebrating everyone’s favorite things? The Coastal Wineries did and it’s taking place this month at the Westport Fairgrounds where they’ll gather ALL 13 Coastal Wine Trail wineries under one roof, along with samples of cheese, chocolates. We’ll say it again: wine, cheese, chocolate — we really don’t think we need to add anything to this description. 200 Pinehill Road, Westport. Saturday, June 15, 11 to 8:30. Various prices, starting at $17.50. For more information, see here.

7. Get In Shape!

Fairhaven starts its annual free fitness in the park series on Tuesdays (yoga) and Thursdays (summer boot camp). This yearly event keeps growing and for good reason. The instructors, the setting, the community are all great! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Cushman Park, Green Street, Fairhaven. June 18 thorough August 22. Free thanks to generous sponsors! See more here.

8 Great Things8. Knock Something Off Your Bucket List

We’ve got a South Coast Almanac team in this year’s Buzzards Bay Coalition annual swim. Come cheer us on! We’ve always wanted to swim across New Bedford’s Harbor and when we heard that the Coalition tries to time it so the currents push you along, we thought we’d give it a shot. More importantly, we hear there’s a great party on the other side. Fun fact: you can go to that shindig whether you swim or not! June 22, leaving at 7 a.m from the beach at the former Edge Restaurant, 1480 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford. Finish line celebration is from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Fort Phoenix State Park in Fairhaven (though we want to know if any swimmers will be there by 7:30?!)  See more here. 

 

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Photo: Josh Souza

Our May issue is on newsstands now.  It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

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Small Business Week: Stars of the South Coast

Thanks to our sponsor, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, we are celebrating Small Business Week by showcasing two local family businesses who help to make life better (and more fun!) here on the South Coast. Meet the Chases and the Carlsons…..

Let the Good Times Roll!

When you’re in high school and your parents are out of town, the first thing you may think is: party! The last thing you’d think: career path.

Small Business WeekForty years ago, teenagers Dan and Andrew Chase held a Fourth of July party at their Mattapoisett home. With a little Yankee ingenuity, they built a tent for the party, using sailcloth and wooden poles they built themselves. That was their first tent, not their last.

Today, Chase Canopy is the place to go for full-service event rentals. From their home base in Mattapoisett, they handle several hundred special events each year with thousands of pieces of equipment moving in and out of their doors. When the opportunity arose to buy land right next to their showroom, they jumped at the chance. They turned to Wayne Carvalho and Susan Geista at First Citizens’ for financing to build a warehouse for all that party equipment.

Dan says he got the “warm fuzzies” from the First Citizens’ bankers. “The package they put together was unlike anything I’d ever seen in terms of affordability. Then they worked with us through the whole process. It was a tremendous amount of work and they were right there with us.”

Fore-ward Progress!

The Carlsons are keeping golf alive and well along the South Coast.

Small Business WeekBruce and Sue Carlson have spent 30 years of married life around golf courses as Bruce built his career in the industry. At a time when many would be thinking of retiring, the Carlsons decided to add on to their responsibilities (running the Marion Golf Course and Acushnet’s Meadowbrook Driving Range) by taking the helm at the Whaling City Golf Course last year.

Bruce had fond memories of the Donald Ross-designed course from playing there as a teenager. With no houses in sight, you’re surrounded by nature despite the city address. Further, the Carlsons are passionate about the game of golf. They didn’t want to see a small course with character closing its doors, and they saw much potential in the New Bedford course.

They worked like crazy to get it up and running in time for last season’s opening but hit a snag at the 11th hour when their financing from a national bank fell through. That’s when Bruce told Sue, “we have to go local, because they’ll realize the value.” First Citizens’ Susan Geista returned their call immediately.

A big thank you to our sponsor First Citizens’ for introducing us to the Chase and Carlson families!

Small Business WeekFirst Citizens’ believes that small business is the backbone of our economy. For National Small Business Week, we salute our business clients—people like the Chases and the Carlsons— who contribute to making the South Coast a better place to live. We are inspired by our business clients and are passionate about collaborating with them as they grow and expand.

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8 Great Things for May on the South Coast

MAY we point you in the right direction for fun things to do this month? We’ve got our 8 Great Things list right here! Feeling MAYnic? Put all 8 things on your To Do list!

Still Going Strong!

We know we mentioned it last month but the Marion Art Center’s ArtWeek is still going strong and there’s still time to enjoy it. There’s plenty on tap, including: a New Orleans style jazz jam session; a Whitman v. Dickinson poetry duel; a community art project led by artist Tracy Silva Barbosa (featured in our May 2017 issue here) where participants will decorate the surface of Main Street in front of the MAC with designs based on the famous blue and white tiles known as “Azulejos” in Portugal. Through May 5. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, See the schedule and more information here. 

Eat the Invasive Weeds!

Wow, they’ve done it again! The DNRT can make even a dull chore like weeding into something brilliant. Join them on Friday, May 3 to pull up the Garlic Mustard weed. You’ll be saving countless wildflowers from being crowded out by the invasive weed. Plus, you’ll be encouraged to take a bag home to make your own garlic mustard pesto (take that, ya nuisance weed!!) which is apparently quite delicious. Check out a recipe here. They’ll also provide yummy snacks and follow it up with some pizza to celebrate evereyone’s hard work. May 3, 9 to noon. Helfand Farm, 318 Chase Road, Dartmouth. See more here. 

Sweet Spot

We happened to wander into the Wild Honey Cafe last week for some delicious breakfast sandwiches and we were happily greeted by live music. It was an unexpectedly lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. Steve Pelland will be there on Saturdays from 11-1 throughout May with his acoustic guitar (and voice) and he sounds wonderful. The cover charge is a simple cup of coffee (though we recommend the sandwiches too!)  Saturdays in May, Wild Honey Cafe, 1228 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth.

 

Airport Cruisin’

New Bedford’s airport introduces the first of this season’s Airport Cruise Nights with food, music, cars and airplanes. Free for spectators, $5 for show car entry. May 12, 3-7 pm. New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, New Bedford. Find out more here.

Tasty Saturday

20 Restaurants, 3 breweries, 1 winery all under a tent on Pier 3 in New Bedford. Attendees get to taste from all the vendors AND they get to vote for their favorites. Ahhh, the power! May 19, 12 – 5 (tasting from 12 – 3:15, Awards 4:30, Music throughout!) $20 at door/$15 in advance (kids 6-12 are $5. Under 6 are free). City Pier 3, New Bedford, MA. See more here. 

 

Friskie Fries

If there’s anything we like more than a good food truck, it’s lots of good food trucks! Head over to Fall River for the third annual Fall River Food Truck Festival on the waterfont. You’ll have all kinds of delicious options: barbecue, asian fusion, cannolis, seafood, and lots more, including friskie fries (don’t you want to find out what friskie fries are?!) May 25, noon – 4 pm. Gates of the City, Ponta Delgada Boulevard, Fall River. See their facebook page here. Bring your lawn chairs!

Reggae on the Beach

So your Jamaican vacation is just a pipe dream? No worries. The Reggae on the Beach series is giving you all the tools to make you feel like you’re on a Jamaican holiday. The first in the series happens this month with a couple of DJs spinning the best reggae styles of rocksteady, roots, rubadub, and dancehall. Patty Makers will be there with Jamaican patties, jerk chicken rice bowls and hibiscus iced tea. And, of course, you’re right at the beach! Everything you need to imagine you’re in Jamaica. May 26, 3-7 pm. West Beach, 215 West Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford. More here. 

Stonewall Celebration

​It’s a once in a lifetime chance to meet some veterans of the Stonewall Riots that took place in 50 years ago. The Stonewall Riots became a symbol of resistance to the social and political discrimination that inspired solidarity among LGBT individuals and communities. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience living history (plus you can check out the new New Bedford Harbor Hotel). $25 per person. May 31, 6-9 p.m., Harbor Hotel, 222 Union Street, New Bedford. Find out more here. 

Wanna keep up with the coolest happenings each month on the South Coast?! Sign up for our free monthly newsletter right here!

Our May issue is just hitting mailboxes later this week and should be on newsstands soon.  It’s popping with great content (a Tiverton farmhouse that flirts with industrial style, the sport of Azorean whaleboating and the people behind it, behind-the-scenes with local dairy and oyster farmers, a fashion shoot in Padanaram Harbor, and lots more). If you want a copy delivered to your door with things you won’t see online, subscribe right here!

Or just spread the word about South Coast Almanac by sharing this post with your friends on facebook, twitter or by email.

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